2016-2017 Alabama Hunting Seasons

Below are the 2016-2017 Alabama hunting season dates. Dates are valid through August 31st, 2017. This information is from outdooralabama.com/season-and-bag-limits (the DNR has finally put all this on a single web page!)

Check out the 2016-2017 Hunting & Fishing Digest – which contains this year’s requirements, fees, and season dates. Also, be sure and catch up on new regulations for this year and remember, you’re now required to check your game via the Game Check system.


Alabama is now divided into three Zones (A, B, and C) and dates change from county-to-county. Review the map below.

2016-17 Proposed Deer Zone Map

Stalk or Dog Hunting

Antlered Bucks 

Zones A, B, and C: Nov. 19 – Jan. 15

Unantlered Deer (Privately Owned or Leased Land Only)

Zones A and B: Nov. 19 – Jan. 15
Zone C: Nov. 19 – Nov. 27 and Dec. 23 – Jan. 2

Unantlered Deer (Open Permit – Public Land)

Zones A and Zone B: Dec. 15 – Jan. 1
Zone C: Dec. 23 – Jan. 2

Stalk Hunting (No Dogs)

Antlered Bucks

Zones A, B, and C: Jan. 16 – Feb. 10

Unantlered Deer (Privately Owned or Leased Land Only)

Zones A and B: Jan. 16 – Feb. 10

Special Muzzleloader and Air Rifle

Privately Owned or Leased Land and National Forest Service Land – Stalk Hunting Only, No Dogs

Zones A, B, and C: Nov. 14 – Nov. 18

Bow and Arrow and Spear

Stalk Hunting Only, No Dogs

Zones A and C, Either Sex: Oct. 15 – Feb. 10
Zone B, Antlered Buck Only: Oct. 15 – Oct. 24
Zone B, Either Sex: Oct. 25 – Feb. 10

Deer Bag Limits


Statewide- one a day; (3)three during the season. One of the three must have at least 4 antler points 1″ or longer on one antler (except Barbour County). A point is an antler projection of at least one inch in length from base to tip. Main beam tip shall be counted as a point regardless of length.

Barbour County Antler Restriction: bucks must have a minimum of three points on one side (except on the statewide special youth deer hunting data).


(except spotted fawns) One per day in addition to one antlered buck per day. (exceptions may apply for selected areas with one deer per day limit on National Forest Service Lands).



NORTH ZONE (All counties except those listed below in south zone.)

15 a day – 45 in possession (90 days)

Split Season with Shooting Hours

  • September 10 – October 30
    • September 10: 12 O’clock noon until Sunset (Afternoon Shooting Only)
    • September 11 – October 30: One-half hour before Sunrise until Sunset (All Day)
  • December 8 – January 15: One-half hour before Sunrise until Sunset (All Day)

SOUTH ZONE (Baldwin, Barbour, Coffee, Covington, Dale, Escambia, Geneva, Henry, Houston and Mobile)

15 a day – 45 in possession (90 days)

Split Season with Shooting Hours

  • September 18 – September 25: One-half hour before Sunrise until Sunset (All Day)
  • September 17 – September 25 September 17: 12 O’clock noon until Sunset (Afternoon Shooting Only)
  • October 8 – October 23: One-half hour before Sunrise until Sunset (All Day)
  • November 12 – January 15: One-half hour before Sunrise until Sunset (All Day)


Fall Season (Decoys not permitted)

  • November 19 – November 30
  • December 17 – January 1
    • Clarke, Clay, Covington, Monroe, Randolph, and Talladega Counties

Spring Season (Decoys permitted)

  • March 15- April 30

Autauga, Baldwin, Barbour, Bibb, Blount, Bullock, Butler, Calhoun, Chambers, Cherokee, Chilton, Choctaw, Clarke, Clay, Cleburne, Coffee, Conecuh, Coosa, Covington, Crenshaw, Cullman (except north of Lewis Smith Lake and north of Cullman County Road 437 and west of I-65), Dale, Dallas, Dekalb, Elmore, Escambia, Etowah, Fayette, Geneva (except south of AL Hwy 52, east of AL Hwy 167, west of Houston County line, and north of the Florida line), Greene, Hale, Henry, Houston, Jackson, Jefferson,  Lamar, Lee, Lowndes, Macon, Marengo, Marion, Marshall, Mobile, Monroe, Montgomery, Perry, Pickens, Pike, Randolph, Russell, Shelby, St. Clair, Sumter, Talladega, Tallapoosa, Tuscaloosa, Walker, Washington, and Wilcox.

  • April 1- April 30

Colbert, Franklin, Lauderdale (west of US Hwy 43), Lawrence (south of AL Hwy 24), Limestone (north of US Hwy 72), Madison, and Winston.

  • April 22- April 26

Cullman (north of Lewis Smith Lake and north of Cullman County Road 437 and west of I-65), Lawrence (north of AL Hwy 24), Lauderdale (east of US Hwy 43), and Morgan


Special Waterfowl Seasons

  • Special Teal Season: September 10 – September 25
    • 6 a day – 18 in possession
    • Shooting Hours: One-half hour before Sunrise to Sunset

Regular Waterfowl Seasons

  • Duck, Coot, and Merganser:
    November 25 – November 26; December 3 – January 29

    • 6 Ducks a day and may include no more than 4 Mallards (no more than 2 of which may be a female), 3 Wood Ducks, 1 Mottled Duck, 1 Black Duck, 2 Redhead, 2 Pintail, 2 Canvasback, and 3 Scaup. Possession limit is 3 times the daily bag limit.
    • 5 Mergansers a day, only 2 may be a Hooded Merganser. Possession limit is 3 times the daily bag limit.
    • 15 Coot a day – 45 in possession.
  • Geese (All Geese): Statewide: September 1 – September 30
    • The aggregate bag limit of 5 dark geese (Canada, White-fronted, and Brant) shall not include more than 1 Brant. Additionally, an aggregate bag limit of 5 light geese (Snow, Blue, Ross) may be harvested per day.
  • Geese: Statewide: November 25 – November 26; December 3- January 29
    • Dark Geese (Canada, White-fronted, Brant) – Limit 5 a day, the aggregate bag limit of 5 shall not include more than 3 Canada Geeses and 1 Brant, all 5 may be White-fronted Geese. The Possession limit is 3 times the daily bag limit.
    • Light Geese (Snow, Blue, Ross) – The aggregate bag limit shall be 5 a day. The possession limit is 3 times the daily bag limit.

Special Youth Waterfowl Hunting Days

November 19, 2016 & February 4, 2017

Same shooting hours, bag limits, and legal arms and ammunition apply as the regular waterfowl season, in accordance with Rule 220-2-.119

Small Game

  • Bobwhite Quail: November 5 – February 28. 8 a day – 8 in possession
  • Rabbit: September 15 – March 5. 8 a day – 8 in possession. No running of dogs during daytime or after 3:00 am during and in areas of spring turkey season.
  • Squirrel: September 15 – March 5. 8 a day – 8 in possession.
  • Woodcock: December 16 – January 29. 3 a day – 6 in possession. Shooting hours: One-half hour before Sunrise to Sunset
  • Snipe: November 12 – February 26. 8 a day- 16 in possession. Shooting hours: One-half hour before Sunrise to Sunset
  • Rail and Gallinule: September 10 – September 25. November 26 – January 18. 15 a day – 15 in possession. Shooting hours: One-half hour before Sunrise to Sunset.


November 5 – February 28

  • Bobcat
  • Fox
  • Mink
  • Muskrat
  • Otter
  • Striped Skunk

No Closed Season

  • Beaver
  • Nutria
  • Feral Swine
  • Raccoon
  • Opossum

No Closed Season

  • Raccoon
  • Opossum
  • Bobcat
  • Coyote
  • Feral Swine (May 1 – August 30 May be hunted daytime or nighttime  hours)
  • Fox
  • Beaver
  • Nutria
  • Groundhog
  • Starlings
  • Crows
  • English Sparrows
  • Bullfrog
  • Pig Frog

No Open Season

  • Bear
  • Mountain Lion
  • Ruffed Grouse


Hunters Orange Requirements

During dates and in areas open by regulation to gun deer season, including youth deer season and muzzleloader deer season, all persons hunting any wildlife species, except foxes, raccoons, and opossums during legal nighttime hours or turkey or migratory birds (including crows).

Hunters are required to wear:

  • An outer garment above the waist with a minimum of 144 square inches of hunter orange – or either a full size hunter orange hat or cap.

Note: The various shades of red, as well as camo orange (orange containing breakup patterns) – are not legal. A small logo and/or printing is permitted on the front of hunter orange caps; otherwise, hunter orange must be of solid color and visible from any angle. Only hunter orange, commonly called blaze orange, ten-mile cloth, etc., is legal.

Hunters are NOT required to wear hunter orange when:

  • Hunting from a stand elevated twelve (12) feet or more from the ground
  • Hunting in an enclosed box stand
  • Traveling in an enclosed vehicle
  • Traveling on foot no more than twenty (20) feet directly between an operating enclosed vehicle and a stand where the hunter is exempt from the hunter orange requirement. The
  • Hunter orange must be worn when traveling on foot between an operating enclosed vehicle and exempt stand when the distance is more than a direct distance of twenty (20) feet.

* The aforementioned data hereby deemed accurate, but not guaranteed. You should check with Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, 64 N. Union St., Suite 584, Montgomery, AL 36104, (334) 242-3469.

Author: Greg Rickaby

Greg is Lead Front-End Developer at WebDevStudios and author of a children's book titled, Creating a Website: Design and Build Your First Site!.

29 thoughts on “2016-2017 Alabama Hunting Seasons”

  1. Thanks a bunch, 1 page, organized, neatly done, simple, & professional. Very easily understood and “quickly” helpful. No hunt & search through multiple pages and footnotes to follow. Thumbs up to you for your efforts!

  2. Thanks so much very helpful…..but all the rules and regulations even if u own your own land they r making it hard as heck for u to have wild game in ur freezer…..what happen to …”Hey get ur gun lets go hunting days” ….guess those days r like every thing else gone….but u did great job found what we needed

  3. The biologists for north Alabama need to get off their buts and do their jobs I had bucks chasing does throughout the month of February in my back yatd

    1. Amen to that due to whatever change it’s warmer into the later months pushing rut deeper into season needs to be changed!!!

  4. Thank you for taking the time to spread this info out of state hunter been trying to get the date’s locked down

  5. Thanks for the easy to understand info. I agree with Jesse and Raymond about the rut. Had a guy from Michigan try to tell me that the rut in N. Alabama begins in mid-November and is over by January. Maybe in Kentucky, but I’ve been hunting deer in Jackson County for over 40 years and watched bucks chasing does into late February. Last year nearly hit a buck in March on highway 72 between Woodville and Huntsville. He was chasing a doe and still had his antlers; his neck was as big as my waist. The rut’s getting later. Happy hunting.

  6. Hi Greg,

    thank you very much for a very understandable info. No more lurking on official dept pages :)
    Good luck with your hunting this season!

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